Paul Walker's Dad Sues Porsche, Too
Actor's daughter, others have also sued over fatal crash
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 27, 2015 10:58 AM CST
Paul Walker arrives for the UK Premiere of Fast & Furious, in London's Leicester Square, Thursday, March 19, 2009.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

(Newser) – Paul Walker's father sued Porsche for negligence and wrongful death Wednesday over the 2013 accident that killed the Fast & Furious star. Walker's father, who is the executor of his son's estate, filed the lawsuit claiming that the Porsche Carrera GT that his son was riding in lacked safety features that could have saved the actor's life. The lawsuit cites features included in other pending lawsuits against the automaker over the crash that might have saved the actor's life, including a stability control system, side-door reinforcements, and a breakaway fuel line to help prevent the car from bursting into flames after a collision. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. The car company has denied in other lawsuits, including one filed by the actor's daughter, that it is responsible for Walker's death.

Walker was on a break from filming the seventh film in the Fast & Furious franchise when he was killed. He was riding in the Carrera GT driven by friend and business associate Roger Rodas when the car spun out of control, struck three trees, and burst into flames on a street in Santa Clarita, California. Rodas' widow, Kristine, who has a pending claim against Porsche in federal court, also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the carmaker in state court on Wednesday. On Nov. 12, Porsche stated in a court filing that the Carrera GT had been altered and improperly maintained and those factors contributed to the deaths of Walker and Rodas. The company also called Walker "a knowledgeable and sophisticated user of the 2005 Carrera GT," Porsche's lawyers stated in response to the lawsuit by Meadow Walker, the actor's daughter. None of the cases have yet been set for trial.
 

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